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The Intimate Garden with Gordon Hayward

  • TBA Nantucket, MA (map)


Based on Gordon and Mary Haywards’ book THE INTIMATE GARDEN, in this garden talk Hayward uses his own gardens, and the personal story behind them, to explore what he has learned about garden design after 25 years of trial and error.

Topics explored will include how to use plants to define the passage of the seasons; the importance of a garden entrance and a clear itinerary leading from it; making transitions between garden areas; how plants help choose their neighbors; sitting areas with varying moods; and placing ornaments with personal associations. The lecture is illustrated with forty pairs of slides to illustrate how a garden can be made to look terrific twelve months of the year. 


About Gordon Hayward
Gordon has been designing gardens professionally from his home in southern Vermont since 1985 with particular emphasis on gardens in the Northeast, as well as the Eastern Shore of Maryland, though he does work nationwide. He is also a nationally recognized garden writer and lecturer. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on nine multi-city lecture tours across America. 

Gordon was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years and a contributing editor at the newly revamped Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of eleven books on garden design, two of which have won national awards. 

Gordon and his wife Mary have been developing a 1 1/2 acre garden around their 240-year-old farmhouse in southern Vermont for the past twenty-nine years. Since 1995, they have also been developing a small garden outside their cottage in the village of Blockley in the North Cotswold Hills of England where Mary is from. 

Earlier Event: July 18
A Garden Soirée
Later Event: July 19
Garden Tour with Amy Pallenberg